FRESNO, Calif., June 8, 2018 — The Fresno County Sheriff - Coroner’s Office has implemented a much-needed technology upgrade with FirstNet – a new lifesaving communications platform.  FirstNet is the country’s first nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to first responders – available when and where we need it. Being built with AT&T, in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), it gives our communications capabilities a major boost, providing a reliable, highly secure and “always-on” connection. 

“We can’t predict when, where or what emergencies will happen. But whether it be a wildfire, earthquake or man-made disaster, it’s important that our deputies are equipped with the best technology possible to create the best response possible,” said Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims. “Moving to FirstNet puts us in the best position to do that. We chose to move to FirstNet as a proactive measure as it will allow us to deliver vital safety services to the public – today and well into the future.”

By subscribing to FirstNet, Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies will be able to stay connected to the critical information they need.  It will help ensure they can easily and quickly communicate with one another during everyday situations, big events or emergencies.  

“It’s reassuring to know that in times of crisis, FirstNet will give us modernized, reliable communications capabilities to reach those in need and perform our jobs uninterrupted. This is a valuable tool that we hope all public safety agencies in California will consider implementing because when our communities rely on us most, life-saving resources should never be impacted by the limitations of commercial networks,” Sheriff Mims added. 

Our decision to join FirstNet was based on 3 critical factors:

• Groundbreaking Technology – FirstNet is the only platform that gives first responders always-on priority and preemption. That means we’ll have access to the connection we need – even when the network is congested. This will help us keep ourselves and those we serve safe and secure. We look forward to taking advantage of additional mission-critical capabilities as the technology advances. 

• Immediate Innovation – Traditional public safety networks don’t support apps and video, but FirstNet does. This can enable us to use data in new ways, changing the way we achieve our mission. FirstNet features a public safety-focused applications ecosystem and a growing device portfolio.  This puts innovative tools at our fingertips.  The more actionable information and capabilities we have access to, the more situational awareness we have and the smarter and faster we can operate.  

• Coverage, Capacity and Control – As California’s additional FirstNet build is completed over the next several years, we will have access to increased coverage and capacity. This will help us support emergencies in all areas of the county as well as the state – from rural to urban. Plus, with FirstNet’s local control capability, we’re able to allocate communications resources in near real time to support our deputies who need them most. 

“We’re honored that Fresno County Sheriff - Coroner’s Office chose FirstNet to elevate their communications capabilities,” said Marc Blakeman, vice president, AT&T California. “It’s our mission to give first responders the cutting-edge tools they need to keep themselves and those they serve out of harm’s way. And we look forward to helping Fresno County’s deputies achieve their life-saving missions.”

“FirstNet is the exclusive communications platform built with AT&T for public safety, inspired by public safety – there is no substitution for this network that they fought for,” said FirstNet Authority CEO Mike Poth. “We look forward to supporting the Fresno County Sheriff - Coroner’s Office’s use of FirstNet, making sure it delivers what they need, when they need it.”

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Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137
(559) 977-0379
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